Director of Adventure Education
Amanda - who is known around camp as Coop - is originally from the small town of Saxonburg, PA, about 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh. She graduated from Penn State in 2007 with a degree in Kinesiology focusing on teacher preparation, and earned her Masters Degree from Plymouth State University in Education with a focus in Adventure Learning in 2012. After graduating college, she became a Health and Physical Education teacher at Spring Grove High School in Spring Grove, PA, where she learned everything she knows from her mentor, Tony Miller, as well as Dave Carns and Eric Zeigler who helped along the way. Her life in central Pennsylvania lead to lots of opportunities, from kayaking to skiing, to becoming involved at Hanover Presbyterian Church where she lead the youth group.
Enjoying the benefit of having summers to do as she pleased, Amanda was able to spend quite a few summers working at camp. Throughout the years, she spent two summers on Wilderness staff, two summers as the Assistant Director of Adventure Education, and two summers as the Lake Director. An avid lover of the outdoors, she also spent summers adventuring in the west with everything from backpacking in Colorado to taking a National Outdoor Leadership School course at the Grand Canyon.
Through all of these experiences, it’s clear to see how God called Amanda to a year-round position at LCCC. With the encouragement of her Penn State campus minister, Chad Brewer, to apply to work on summer staff back in 2007, Amanda faithfully responded to the call God put into her life to pursue him and his will. The adventures she’s had since then have all prepared her for the next one: being Patrick Myers’ neighbor.